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Akawaio Indian Language (Acawayo, Kapong, Kapon)
Language: Akawaio is a Cariban language of South America,
closely related to
Macushi. It is spoken by 5000 people in Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela.
Akawaio is an agglutinative
language with complex verb morphology. Word order is primarily SOV.
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In their own language, the Akawaio people call themselves Kapon, which means "people of the sky."
Variants of the same name are used by several different Carib tribes in this region, so the people also use the Spanish name
Akawaio (a corruption of a native name for a ritual herb) to refer to their group specifically.
Another commonly used name for the Akawaios is Ingariko, which means "mountain people" in the neighboring Pemon language
and is used by them as a collective name for all the Kapon tribes.
Waicį, an indigenous word meaning "warrior"
or "enemy," is another term that has been used to refer to a number of different tribes but particularly the Akawaios of Venezuela.
Additional spellings of these names include Kapong, Kapón, Akawayo, Acawaio, Acahuayo, Acawayo, Akawai, Acawai, Accaway,
Acawoio, Accawai, Akaway, Acaguayo, Acewaio, Guacavayo, Okawalho, Wakawaio, Akawoi, Accoway, Acquai, Acawey, Acuwey,
Akawasche, Ingarikó, Ingarico, Engarico, Waica, Waika, and Guaica.
Akawaio language samples and resources.
Akawaio Culture and History
Information and links about the Akawaio tribe past and present.
Introduction to the mythology of the Akawaio Indians.
Our Online Akawaio Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Akawaio language, with comparison to words in other Cariban languages.
Akawaio Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Akawaio words.
Akawaio Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Akawaio language.
Akawaio Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in the Akawaio language.
Worksheet showing color words in Akawaio.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Akawaio language.
Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Akawaio language.
Akawaio Language Resources
Information in Spanish on the Akawayo, Ingarikó, and Patamona languages.
Scanned-in Akawaio language materials from the Rosetta Project.
House of Languages: Akawaio
Information about Akawaio language usage.
Demographic information on Akawaio from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Akawaio Bible Translation Language Museum: Akawaio:
Old Testament passages translated into Akawaio.
Akawaio Language Tree:
Theories about Akawaio's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Akawaio Language Structures:
Akawaio linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Encyclopedia articles on the Akawaio language.
Lengua Akawaio Idioma Akawayo:
Information about the Akawaio language in Spanish.
Akawaio language links.
Books about the Akawaio people.
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